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The Fifth Annual


New York City

6 days. 160 writers.

A stellar line-up of established and emerging authors from 40 countries take the stage in venues across the city for 6 packed days of conversations, panels, performances and readings. In this year of landmark anniversaries—Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859), the Cuban Revolution (1959), the collapse of Communism across Eastern Europe (1989), and Tiananmen Square (1989)—writers from around the globe consider how the world changes and how we change. Do not miss PEN’S exciting annual celebration of international literature and cultural exchange!


Kwame Anthony Appiah

Muriel Barbery

Wafaa Bilal

Nicole Brossard

Carrie Brownstein

Horacio Castellanos Moya
(El Salvador/U.S.)

Jose Dalisay

Edwidge Danticat

Neil Gaiman

Petina Gappah

Paul Krugman

Dany Laferrière

Nam Le

Jaime Manrique

Khet Mar

Walter Mosley

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
& Adam Gopnik

Friday, April 24: 8 p.m.

J.M.G Le Clézio makes his first major U.S. appearance since being awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Wednesday, April 29: 8 p.m.

Don't miss the festival's headlining night, with internationally acclaimed writers Muriel Barbery, Nicole Brossard, Narcís Comadira, Jose Dalisay, Edwidge Danticat, Péter Nádas, Sergio Ramírez, Salman Rushdie, and Raja Shehadeh.

The Economic Crisis and
How to Deal with It 

Thursday, April 30: 7:30 p.m.

The world’s leading economic minds discuss the collapse, with Paul Krugman, George Soros, Senator Bill Bradley, Niall Ferguson, Nouriel Roubini, and Robin Wells.

Nawal El Saadawi:
The Arthur Miller
Freedom to Write Lecture

Sunday, May 3: 6:30–8 p.m.

Writer, activist, and a cultural and political leader in Egypt and around the world, Nawal El Saadawi will deliver this year's landmark lecture on the power of writing and literature.

Readings from Around the Globe
Friday, May 1: 7:30 p.m.

A star-studded around-the-world adventure featuring Bernardo Atxaga, Petina Gappah, Mariken Jongman, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Sada, Hwang Sok-Yong, Antonio Tabucchi, and Colm Tóibín.

Three back-to-back sessions with some of the world's most innovative and cutting-edge graphic novelists, including Neil Gaiman, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine, Shaun Tan, David Polonsky, and Emmanuel Guibert. Special offer: attend all three events for $25.

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